Andrew Priest

Chief Executive

Prior to joining Ngāi Tahu in July 2015, Andrew had his own consulting practice with an emphasis on strategy formulation, performance improvement, risk management, and organisational alignment, across a range of industries encompassing forestry and wood products, energy, agriculture, retail…

Ben Giesen

Commercial Development Manager

Ben’s primary responsibilities include the identification of commercial opportunities and cultivation of partnerships and strategic relationships, which optimise the value derived from the farming assets within the Ngāi Tahu farming portfolio.

Claire Bourne

General Manager - People and Development

Claire, grew up on dairy farms in Northland and calls Kororāreka (Russell) home. She started her Human Resources career in 2006 after graduating from Canterbury University with a Bachelor of Arts.

Edwin Jansen

General Manager - Forest Estates

Edwin has worked in the forestry, property and agricultural sector since graduating from the Canterbury School of Forestry in the 1980’s. Edwin commenced his forestry career with NZ Forest Products, Pinex Timber Products and Carter Holt Harvey.

Michelle Cathcart

General Manager - Health, Safety, and Sustainability

Michelle is the General Manager – Health, Safety, and Sustainability for Ngāi Tahu Farming. This diverse role means she is responsible for working with our staff to improve the overall systems and process management of our farming operations.

Peter Roberts

General Manager - Grazing

With an eye for detail, strong work ethic and an ambition for nothing short of excellence, Pete Roberts brings a wealth of experience to the Ngāi Tahu Farming business. He attributes a lot of his success to the support he…

Rhys Narbey

Development and Asset Manager

Rhys joined Ngāi Tahu Farming on a fulltime basis in 2013, after working with an Auckland development company during the Christchurch rebuild, followed by a stint working as a casual contractor for Ngāi Tahu Farming. Prior to that he had…

Shane Kelly

General Manager - Dairy

Shane Kelly (Ngāti Apa) was born and bred in Hokitika. His professional background is in banking and he worked for Westpac for a number of years. Shane also enjoyed a stint playing cricket in the UK, after which he entered…

Stephen Ware

Financial Controller

Stephen is responsible for managing the financial reporting framework, monthly and annual accounting cycles, maintaining the general ledgers, preparing monthly management reports and working with the operational teams to prepare annual budgets and forecast financial results. 

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